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Materials from 2.744 classes are posted shortly after each meeting. The syllabus has links to the same materials within the context of the overall schedule.

Lecture Videos are also posted shortly after every class.

Tuesday, February 6

About the class: user-centric, creative design (.pdf)
Symbol design and exercise results

Thursday, February 8

Design for human use: Uncommon common sense!
Butterfly Ballot test and results!

Hawaii alert system redesign and results!

Tuesday, February 13

meet the client:
Class introduction and wrapup (.pdf), Project brief with documents and indexed video.

What's in a name results!

Thursday, February 22

Visualization: ABCs of sketching
In-class visual memory test results

Video resources:
Sketching basics tutorials (arcs, lines, circles , ellipses)
One-point perspective tutorials

Tuesday, February 27

Website, schmebsite: Web design 101 and ABCs of sketching, continued (including seated in the 70s exercise) (.pdf)
the very basics, and how to upload files to the course website

Make sure you've downloaded Filezilla, as well as either Brackets or Sublime Text.

Thursday, March 1

Website, doubly-schmebsite: Web design 101.5 (.pdf)
wirefreames, html, and ccs. Make a simple website

Demo files from class:
1 html file template
2 completed html file
3 css file template
4 final styled webpage (1 page)
5 multiple page site

Zen garden, webpage/css examples
HTML tags
CSS properties

Tuesday, March 6

Sketching in 3D: 2 pt perspective

Video resources:
Basic shapes in 2 point perseptive

Thursday, March 8

Adding dimension to perspective:
Tone and shade

Video resources:
Basic shading and tone video and worksheets


Thursday, March 16

It's a wrap:
Shade and tone, Canson drawing

Canson drawing video resources (Pencil sharpener exercise):
Laying in the base tone (.mov, 17.7 Mb)
Pencil highlights (.mov, 10.7 Mb)
Pencil shade (.mov, 12.1 Mb)

More sketching with Scott Stropkay, Essential design

See additional examples by Scott Stropkay.

Tuesday, March 20

Designing in 3D
Sketch modeling introduction

Beth Sullivan, IC3D
Sketch models
Blue foam tips
Foam core tips

Thursday, March 22

Fast and furious:
Immersion in sketch modeling

Interactive game brainstorming and prototyping

Tuesday, April 3

sketching to digital rendering: Part I
Illustrator rendering and shop logistics, etc (.pdf)

Work files:
- Handicapped Symbol
- Handicapped Symbol Illustrator

Please see the adobe license sign up by Wendeday end of day. Also, the new media center has machines with illustrator.

Thursday, March 31

hand sketch to digital rendering: Part II
Illustrator rendering (.pdf)

Work files:
- 3 Tone Cube
- Gramophone Sketch
- Gramophone Skeleton Illustrator
- Gramophone Illustrator Complete
- Perspective Exercise

See the deminstrations from class: Illustrator Tutorials

Tuesday, April 10

Work period


Thursday, April 12

Judgement day:
Sketch model review with client


Thursday, April 19

the messenger of experience
form and color

Form development exercise (I am an emotional cube)

Tuesday, April 14

the messenger of experience
form and color

Color exercise (I am an emotional picture)
- color psychology (.jpg)

Exercise resources
- a few Illustrator pointers (.rtf)
- exercise file in Illustrator (.ai)
- a few Photoshop pointers (.rtf)
- exercise file in Photoshop (.psd)

Thursday, April 26

form, color, and graphics
the messenger of the experience

Graphics design exercise

Exercise resources
image options for poster exercise
exercise pointers for photoshop
exercise pointers for illustrator

google fonts